Sexual Assault and Abuse Resources

On Campus Resources

Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center

Experiencing sexual or relationship violence is traumatic and can have long term effects.  It is important that survivors know that they are not alone in their experience.  Whether one has experienced violence in the past, recently or are in a currently violent situation, the RSVP Center is here to provide support in whatever way feels most comfortable.  There are numerous options, including an anonymous phone call or online report; an individual meeting to discuss your experience; or help accessing other services, such as medical, legal, help with a change of living space, etc.  Visit for more information.

  • The RSVP Center is a confidential resource
  • Contact the RSVP Center at 314-935-3445, or email
  • Contact Kim Webb, Director of the RSVP Center, directly at 314-935-8761 for an appointment.
    • Email: Office: Seigle Hall, Room 444
  •  RSVP Center staff are available 24/7 to go with you to the hospital or police if you choose.
  • See reporting options here.


24/7 helpline offering counseling, resources, and referrals on sexual assault, rape, abuse, relationships, and more.  Student-run, anonymous, and confidential.

Title IX Office

The University Title IX Office runs official judicial hearing processes for incidents of sexual misconduct. Details of this process can be discussed confidentially with Jessica Kennedy, Title IX Coordinator. Speaking with a Title IX officer does not mean that you must file judicial or criminal charges. A report made to the Title IX Office does not preclude your right to make a police report and seek criminal prosecution if you are a victim of rape, sexual assault, or other sexual offenses. Washington University will provide assistance to the victim of sexual assault in changing her/his/their academic or living situations after the rape/assault if requested and reasonably available. You may also contact the Title IX Office to request assistance in changing your academic or living situation.

  • Jessica Kennedy, Director & Title IX Coordinator:
    • 314-935-3118;
  • Cynthia Copeland, Assistant Director & Associate Title IX Coordinator:
    • 314-935-3411;

L.I.V.E. (Leaders in Interpersonal Violence)

LIVE seeks to educate the Washington University community surrounding topics of interpersonal violence. Through peer-led education efforts in Greek Life, student groups, and residential communities, LIVE hopes to empower all members of our community to take a stand against sexual violence and to educate their peers about healthy relationships, consent, and interpersonal violence prevention. Major events put on by LIVE include: The Date presentation for incoming freshmen and Sexual Assault Awareness Month (S.A.A.M.) in April.

Click here for more information about resources in the Wash U community, including which are and are not confidential.

Off Campus/Online Resources 

ALIVE – Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments 

ALIVE’s mission is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary, and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community.

SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) / St. Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center

SART – Specially trained volunteers are available to assist rape survivors 24/7 at 17 area hospital ERs around St. Louis County.  Volunteers should be contacted by the hospital when a survivor arrives in the ER, but the YWCA crisis line can be called if no volunteer arrives.

Survivor Support Services – Individual therapy for victims of rape or childhood sexual abuse, support groups, case management, follow-up for survivors seen by SART

Educational Services – Provide risk-reduction and awareness training, professional education, psycho-educational groups, and off-site outreach services

  • 24/7 Crisis Helpline – (314)531-7273
  • General line – (314)726-6665

Safe Connections

Organization that provides education, crisis intervention, counseling, and support services so that victims of relationship violence and sexual assault may become survivors.  Free individual counseling for female adults and male/female adolescents age 12-19 who have experienced rape, abuse, and/or childhood sexual abuse.  Support groups are free of charge and conducted by licensed, professional therapists.

National Domestic Violence Hotline and Website

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.  Callers to the Hotline can expect highly trained experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages.  Visitors to the site can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization.

RAINN – Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

The Nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization that provides support for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.  The Network operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country.  There is also an online hotline available for those who prefer instant message.

Love is Respect

Website with information and quizzes on healthy relationships, dating violence, and abuse.

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